May, 2022

How to “reel them in” to a trade show booth


We seem to be back to 2019 in the trade show world. Shows that shuttered during COVID have reopened, even if traffic and attendance seems smaller so far, but rising. So, let’s spend a cycle on trade shows for the first time in years.

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10 Steps To Second Stage Success For Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Early-stage entrepreneurs rightly keep their focus on creating an innovative product or service. After celebrating success at that level, they often find themselves ill-prepared to move to the next stage, for scaling their business into a high-performing enterprise.


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Niantic transcends Discord to build Campfire, an AR social app, and unveils Lightship VPS

TechCrunch LA

Since the launch of Pokémon Go in 2016, players have been coordinating meetups, in-game raids and battles on platforms like Reddit and Discord. This summer, parent company Niantic is unveiling Campfire, a social app designed to help mobile augmented reality (AR) gamers connect.

Why Massive Cryptocurrency Selloffs Highlight a Tech Industry Downturn


As of Thursday, the entire cryptocurrency sector has plummeted, losing $200 billion across the entire market within a day.

Can You Ask for Office Rent Relief? How to Manage Your Lease During COVID-19

Office leases are one of companies’ largest expenses, and if your whole team is working from home with no clear end in sight, you may be wondering what to do about your lease.

Fig Launches Food Shopping App For Medical Diets


San Diego-based startup Fig said today that it has launched a new, mobile app which helps those on medical diets shop for food. According to the company, its app helps users browse through products available at grocery stores, and analyze ingredient labels to find foods that match up to those dietary restrictions. The startup was founded by Max Rebarber and Andrew Hollar.

Upgrade gives hair stylists tools to market, sell custom wigs from one marketplace


One of Britney Winters’ goals is to “live a less tangled life.” ” She grew up in Houston and went on to attend Stanford and major in engineering. She worked on Wall Street as an investment banker for a few years in New York before returning to Houston with a job in energy.

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6 Success Mistakes Often Made By Serial Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

As you know, growing a business is hard, especially the first time. Unfortunately, every new initiative is different, so don’t get too smug if you have had some success, and can’t wait to repeat it again.

China’s gaming giant NetEase opens first US studio in Austin

TechCrunch LA

NetEase, the second-largest gaming company in China and the sixth-largest in the world, has opened its first US-based studio in Austin as China’s gaming industry slows. The company’s archrival Tencent was a step ahead in expanding to North America. TiMi, Tencent’s cash cow studio known for the mobile blockbuster Honor of Kings, began hiring in Los Angeles back in 2020. Last year, it added a base in Montreal.

Shopify Just Bought the Deliverr Shipping Network for $2.1 Billion


Ecommerce company Shopify supports small businesses with technology like ecommerce website builders and retail Point of Sale systems. Now, it's dramatically expanding capacity in another area, fulfillment, with the acquisition of Deliverr. Shopify is paying $2.1

DISQO Acquires Feedback Loop


Los Angeles-based DISQO said it has acquired Feedback Loop, which develops software for collecting customer feedback for product and marketing professionals. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. According to DISQO, the acquisition will add approximately 50 new team members to the company, bringing its total headcount to more than 500 people. Rob Holland, CEO of Feedback Loop and former GVP of Oracle Data Cloud, has been named EVP, General Manager of Feedback Loop at DISQO.

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Bonfire Ventures secures $230M for two new funds targeting B2B software startups


Bonfire Ventures , a Los Angeles venture capital firm, invests in seed-stage business-to-business software companies and aims to change the odds so that more than the average 33% of companies in this sector make it to Series A. The firm seems to have some good traction so far.

Let’s not confuse big data with knowledge!


There’s a famous intersection in Tokyo, Shibuya Crossing, where thousands of people cross each day, seemingly in random directions. Here’s the test: try to follow one person in his or her journey. That would be like picking a piece of information form a maze.

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Insights For Business Leaders Who Manage By Autocracy

Startup Professionals Musings

Trying to be a business leader by instilling fear in your employees and partners is never a good approach, but it is particularly devastating in a startup.

Mailing lists, email marketing, errors, oh my!


Using old email lists for the first time is like eating really stale doughnuts. The taste is pretty bad, and the side effects could be disastrous. Strict rules about spam accounts. Email companies like Constant Contact, Mail Chimp and many others all have strict rules.

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5 Ways To Expand Your Thinking For Your Next Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

With all the upheaval and uncertainty these days, I find many entrepreneurs and business owners are reluctant to pursue new dreams , waiting for the world to stabilize and risks to go away. As a long-time business advisor, I see things just the opposite.

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5 Phases Of Every Startup That Regulate Your Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Successful startups seem to follow similar paths to greatness, and unfortunately all too often that path leads them back down the hill much faster than they went up.

6 Marketing Specifics That Apply To Every New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Marketing is everything these days. You can have the best technology, but if customers don’t know you exist, or they don’t know how your technology solves a real problem for them, your startup will fail.

7 Keys To Business Transformation To Meet Competition

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as a business advisor, most organizations, large and small, struggle to keep up with the pace of change and competitive forces today.

7 Barriers To Communication In Business Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

Most business mentors tell me that the single biggest problem they have to deal with in small companies is the lack of open, honest, and effective communication, both from the top down and from the bottom up. Some entrepreneurs forget that talking is not communicating.

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10 Startup Founder Decisions That Have No Good Answer

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup founders quandaries in building their business, and these key dilemmas are probably the biggest source of pain and failure for the entrepreneur lifestyle.

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7 Key Ingredients to Address the Challenge of Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

Once your business is running and sustainable , everyone these days expects it to grow, as an indication of long-term health and competitiveness. Thus continued growth becomes the biggest challenge for many of you business owners I meet in my consulting practice.

Balance Your Marketing Spending Between Free and Fee

Startup Professionals Musings

The power and influence of paid media advertising, including print ads, TV commercials, radio, and even online digital campaigns is waning, in favor of unpaid earned and owned messaging from your website, social media, key market influencers, and existing customer word-of-mouth.

6 Due Diligence Goals When Vetting Business Partners

Startup Professionals Musings

Business partners can be co-founders in a startup, multiple owners of an existing business, or a joint venture. In every case, a partner can be an asset, bringing new skills and perspectives to the business; or a burden, making every decision more difficult, and taxing your lifestyle satisfaction.

8 Ways To Increase Worker Buy-In And Customer Service

Startup Professionals Musings

Most businesses spend big money testing their brand logo, catchy marketing phrases, and demographics, but spend little time training and validating that their employees can and do deliver exceptional experiences to their customers.

8 Keys To Effective Delegation For All Perfectionists

Startup Professionals Musings

For a few, delegating comes easily, maybe too easy. For others who are perfectionists, letting go of even the most trivial task is almost impossible. If you are in this second category, you probably don’t like the references behind your back that you are a “control freak” or a “micro-manager.”

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7 Ethical Fictions Lead Many New Entrepreneurs Astray

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs tend to focus only on getting the product right, and assume that the right culture and ethics will come later simply by hiring good people. In fact, they need an early focus on developing their moral compass, as well as setting the right ethical tone.

5 Keys To Enhancing Your Business Negotiation Ability

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience, the most successful business leaders and entrepreneurs are the best persuaders , not necessarily the ones with the best solutions. They know how to communicate what they have to the best advantage, and generate more results and satisfaction for all parties.

7 Metaphors That Every Aspiring Leader Should Emulate

Startup Professionals Musings

In building successful businesses, I find that creating a new and innovative product or service is usually the easy part. The hard part is providing the leadership required to align and motivate all the constituents and players – from engineers, to investors, vendors, and ultimately customers.

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10 Ways To Be An Entrepreneur Who Endures And Thrives

Startup Professionals Musings

As the economy rebuilds after some tough economic times, more and more people seem to be turning to entrepreneurship and their dream lifestyle as an alternative to traditional employment.

10 Real World Hazards With Taking Your Startup Public

Startup Professionals Musings

In the old days, every entrepreneur planned on taking their startup public, and making it big. Today the rate of startups going public (IPO – Initial Public Offering) is finally up from the dead zone of the last two decades, and is now double the rate back in 1999.

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10 Key Business Domains Where ‘Big Data’ Looms Large

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though ‘big data’ has now been around for several years, the opportunities for startups seem to keep growing, just as the amount of data keeps growing. According to Forbes , over the last two years alone 90 percent of the data in the world was generated.

7 New Venture Leader Attributes That Excite Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

In the beginning all businesses are just people playing out an idea. It’s never the other way around – there is no idea so big that it doesn’t need people to make it succeed. Investors know this, hence the saying “Bet on the jockey (founder), not the horse (idea).”

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7 Key Practices for Entrepreneurs Tackling Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the entrepreneurs and business owners I work with recognize that they must occupy and practice a primary leadership position , but many will admit that they are not thriving in this role.

Buy Now, Pay Later Service Affirm Is Teaming Up With Stripe


The buy now, pay later service Affirm has just landed a new partnership with popular payments company Stripe.

iBASEt Names Chief Revenue Officer


Lake Forest-based. ibaset executive quality maintenance steve modrall

NFINIT Invests $8M In Data Center


San Diego-based NFINIT, a provider of data center, colocation, and cloud services, said it is investing $8M in a data center upgrade. According to the company, it is updating its two San Diego data centers with hardware, software, uninterruptible power supplies, and chillers. The company said the investment will help in the areas of sustainability, reliability and cost stabilization. The company is owned by LightEdge. nfinit datacenter upgrade data center colocation cloud